May 21, 2017

Sticky Vocabulary: Teach, Remember, and Use Words Daily

Frozen fractals. Ask any child to sing Disney’s Frozen theme song and they will sing the part, “..frozen fractals all around!” This is proof that primary students (and even preschoolers) can learn to pronounce challenging vocabulary. Our job is to teach the meaning of those big words in a way that sticks, but how? Pin it >>>

March 30, 2017

7 Alliteration Activities That Are Beyond Peter Piper And His Peppers!

When I think of teaching alliteration to K-2 students, I think of silly sentences like Peter Piper and Sally by the Seashore. I found out that alliteration can be so much more than that! Here are just a few ideas.   1. Search your favorite video site for “alliteration” and many videos that introduce or >>>

March 15, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Prepositions, Hundred Chart Mystery and Make a Ten

I’m so excited about St. Patrick’s Day this year! We are going to have so much fun learning and playing with leprechauns. Here’s how our day begins. 1. First off, we are going to talk about prepositions. Our cute leprechaun will teach, review and informally assess in a PowerPoint slideshow. Not only that, I slipped >>>

February 19, 2017

8 Picture Books that Help Teach the Equal Sign

Looking for some books that will help teach the equal sign? Well, have you considered books on balance and comparing? Check out these books that would be a perfect collection to help you teach the concept of the equal sign, as well as link to science standards and critical academic vocabulary like “compare”!   Also, >>>

February 6, 2017

5 Ways to Engage Students to Learn Academic Vocabulary

      Read alouds with picture books. I like using an easy to read and understand story that is well known. It could be fiction or nonfiction. My favorite story to use is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I start off the year reading versions of the story. The characters and plot are very >>>

January 10, 2017

Teaching the Equal Sign and What it Really Means

Teaching the Equal Sign and What it Really Means We have been learning about the meaning of the equal sign this week. It can be a challenging concept for first graders to understand. Even my math wizards look at me funny when I say that it’s true that any number is equal to itself. “Yes, >>>

December 29, 2016

New Year’s Goals for 2017

It’s so tempting to make new goals at the beginning of every year. It just feels like the right time for a renewal, a new beginning. I’m not really the type to make new year’s resolutions because I’ve read that in many cases they are empty dreams. How can we get those dreams to become >>>

December 18, 2016

Fun Christmas Activities for Reading Fluency and Vocabulary!

December is quite an exciting time in the classroom! Students are excited about the first snow, the sounds of Christmas music and the anticipation of the gifts of the season. It can be a challenging time for the teacher trying to teach these easily excitable students. Holiday fun on one hand and lesson learning on >>>

October 16, 2016

The Best Way to Do Center Rotations in the Classroom

The Best Way to Do Center Rotations in the Classroom… Center rotations have been one of my organizational projects. I’d tried so many different things to make it run smoothly, then finally found that one thing that worked for us and we’ve loved it for the past 5 years or so!   Our rotation time for reading >>>

October 9, 2016

How Math Centers Link to Mathematical Practices

How Math Centers Link to Mathematical Practices Teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills Play in the classroom is so important to learning. Centers feel like play, with the intention of practicing a learned concept over and over until it’s mastered. Centers are like our co-teachers in a sense; they help support the learning and >>>